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Can casinos pave the way for road improvement?

February 5, 2002
By: Erin Guyer
State Capital Bureau

Riverboat casinos and the gaming industry become targets as state senators search for funds to cover transportation improvements.

Erin Guyer has more from the State Capitol.

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It will be up to riverboat casinos and the gaming industry to float part of transportation-improvement costs if some state senators have their way.

A series of proposals suggest casinos pay a $2 admission fee to the state, in addition to what they already pay. St. Charles Mayor Patty York says that would put too much pressure on an industry that's already heavily taxed.

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Contents: York says the gambling industry is too unreliable monetarily to support critical issues such as transportation.

York added that road improvements are especially meaningful in St. Charles, where the federal highway system began in 1954.

From Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer.


State senators searching for ways to fund road improvements look to cash in on the gaming industry.

Erin Guyer has more from the State Capitol.

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Riverboat casinos and the gaming industry will be paying more money to the state if Missouri lawmakers have their way.

Several state senators are offering proposals that would force casinos to pay a $2 admission fee to the state for road improvements. St. Charles Mayor Patty York says relying on the gaming industry for such an important project is too risky.

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Contents: York says casinos are too volatile and that past casino closures across the state indicate that the gaming industry is not dependable enough to fund transportation improvements.

Lawmakers are also suggesting an increase in the sales and fuel taxes to fund road improvements.

From Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer.


While most state senators agree that Missouri roads need improvement, proposals to fund improvements with additional casino money is a more controversial issue.

Erin Guyer has more from the State Capitol.

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Can casinos pave the way for road improvement in Missouri? Some lawmakers think so, but others say relying on the gaming industry is too risky.

St. Charles Mayor Patty York says the amount of money casinos could contribute is not dependable enough to support road improvements.

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Contents: York says the gaming industry is too volatile and can't be relied on to support transportation improvements.

Current proposals from lawmakers would force the gaming industry to pay a $2 admission fee for every person to enter a casino.

From Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer.


While state senators agree that Missouri roads need improvement, proposals to fund improvements with additional money from casinos is a more controversial issue.

Erin Guyer has more from the capital.

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Roads in Missouri need improvement, but can casinos pave the way? Some state lawmakers think so, but others say relying on more money from the gaming industry is too risky. St. Charles Mayor Patty York says the amount of money casinos could contribute is not dependable enough to support road improvements.

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Contents: York says the gaming industry is too volatile and can't be relied on to support transportation improvements.

Current proposals from lawmakers would force the gaming industry to pay a $2 admission fee for every person who enters their casinos.

From Jefferson City, I'm Erin Guyer.